Ralph Northam on Crime
Release unthreatening older or terminally offenders
Criminal justice reform includes reforming parole. If offenders are older, or terminally ill, and they've paid their debt to society, and they're no longer a threat--what's the benefit in keeping them from being eligible for parole? This is about simple
justice and fairness. When you've paid your debt, we should welcome you back, encourage you to participate in civil society, and restore your right to vote. The data show that, and it's just the right thing to do.
Source: 2020 Virginia State of the State address
, Jan 8, 2020
Raise threshold for felony larceny; 2nd chance after mistake
On the first day of this session, Governor McAuliffe spoke to you about the importance of second chances in our criminal justice system. I was proud to stand beside him as he made history by restoring more civil rights to former offenders than any
governor in American history. My team and I will continue that policy over the next four years so that men and women who make mistakes and serve their time can reenter society as full partners in our democracy, not second-class citizens.
We should also work together this session to join the rest of the nation and raise the threshold for felony larceny. Virginia's threshold has not changed since 1980. It is the lowest in America.
There is no excuse for the criminal act of theft, but a teenager who steals one used iPhone or a pair of boots should not have her entire life defined by that one mistake.
Source: 2018 State of the State speech to Virginia legislature
, Jan 16, 2018
Spare our first responders from devastating budget cuts
Our first responders put their lives on the line every day to make Virginia a safe place to live. We owe it to them to provide the tools they need to do their jobs effectively. In the state Senate I have fought hard to spare our sheriffs,
police, and firefighters from devastating budget cuts. Especially in these difficult economic times, it is important that we are prepared to combat criminal activity in our Commonwealth.
Source: 2016-17 VA gubernatorial campaign website NorthamForLG.com
, Nov 1, 2013
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